Bed-Stuy woman curates African American museum in the basement of her home

A Bed-Stuy woman is educating the public about the history of the black experience with an exhibit inside her home.

News 12 Staff

Feb 28, 2020, 11:58 AM

Updated 1,541 days ago

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A Bed-Stuy woman is educating the public about the history of the black experience with an exhibit inside her home. 
 
Exhibit owner Elander Williams says she felt the need to start the collection after having a conversation with her son and asking him if he understood the meaning of the word "perpetrator.”

"I asked him did he know what a perpetrator was, and he said ‘yes, a black person’ and I was devastated. I felt like a failure as a mom, that I had not done my job correctly in teaching him about his culture and his race," says Elander Williams.

Williams says she wanted to educate her son about his history so she created a collage in his room, showcasing dozens of prominent black people in a positive light.

That collage eventually growing into the African American History Exhibit in her cellar, where she allows the public and students from her son's school to tour the collection.

"Hopefully coming through this exhibit and just seeing what your ancestors had gone through and what we still today are going through that, you know, we will have a better outlook or the narrative will change," says Williams.

The tour showcases different aspects of African American history from the moment slaves were taken from Africa, to the civil rights movement, all the way to the 21st century.

To view the exhibit, people make a $10 donation, which goes to Bedford Academy, the school Williams' son attends.

Williams says people book the tour after hearing about it through word of mouth, but she's working on creating a website that people can use for bookings.

"It's a story that needs to be told over and over and over again," says Williams.


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